This Pietta percussion revolver is a replica of the Colt 1851 Navy. Approximately 215,000 of the original model were produced between 1850 and 1873. The London Colt factory also manufactured a further 42,000 weapons. This is a 6-shot single-action percussion revolver in the caliber .36. The octagonal barrel has a length of 190,5 mm. A loading lever is located under the barrel. The total length is 330 mm and Pietta Colt 1851 Navy weighs 1200 grams. The cylinder is engraved with the Mexico and Texas sea battle of 1843. This would suggest that this revolver was used by the US Navy as a service weapon, however, Colt supplied most of these weapons to the army. This revolver has an octagonal barrel and a brass grip, and is manufactured in blued and blank versions. During the Civil War this model was copied by a variety of manufacturers in the Southern States: Dance Brothers, Griswold & Grier, Rigdon & Ansley and Spiller & Burr. Many copies of the Model 1851 Navy were manufactured by the Belgian gunsmiths of Liege. These revolvers have a Liege proof mark and the inscription: ‘Colt Brevete’. Some models carry the inscription: ‘Col. Colt London’ and are worth much less. The models reviewed below are a series of Navy 1851 revolver versions manufactured by Pietta:
Pietta Navy 1851 with a caliber of .36:
This type is available with an octagonal barrel length of 127 or 191 mm. The total length is 271 and 335 mm respectively. The frame is made of tempered steel and the trigger guard and the grip are made of brass. The weight is 1100 or 1200 grams.
Pietta Navy 1851 with a caliber of .44:
This revolver has an octagonal barrel with a length of 127 or 188 mm. The total length is 271 or 335 mm. The weight of this revolver is 1100 or 1200 grams. Pietta gave this weapon with the 127 mm barrel the name Model 1851 Navy Yank Sheriff. This revolver with the longer 191 mm barrel is known as the Model 1851 Navy Yank.